Performs laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Service Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Discusses test results and analyses with customers.
- Records test data and prepares reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
- Develops or implements programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation.
- Investigates hazardous conditions or spills or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
- Calibrates microscopes or test instruments.
- Provides information or technical or program assistance to government representatives, employers, or the general public on the issues of public health, environmental protection, or workplace safety.
- Collects samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution.
- Monitors emission control devices to ensure they are operating properly and comply with state and federal regulations.
- Inspects sanitary conditions at public facilities.
- Examines and analyzes material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.